1 in 9 middle-aged adults show signs of hearing loss

February 22, 2011 2:47:28 PM PST
If you're between the ages of 45-54, there's a pretty high chance you might have hearing issues.

A new survey of mostly middle-aged adults reveals one in nine people in that age category shows signs of hearing impairment.

Researchers determined someone is hearing impaired if at least one ear had trouble hearing various sounds within the range of human speech.

Authors of the study in the Archives of Otolaryngology say many people may not even realize they have trouble hearing.

Scientists also found signs that hearing loss might be linked to risk for heart disease and stroke.